A movie producer hopes his new film that is now out on DVD will spur more dialogue between the church and young people about healthy intimate relationships.
Rik Swartzwelder wrote, directed and even acted in the movie Old Fashioned. He says the film, released originally in theaters on Valentine's Day weekend, is a romantic-drama about a couple involved in an "old fashioned" and God-honoring courtship - something that is counter-culture in contemporary America. He hopes the movie can be used to encourage young people who may feel trapped. (See trailer below)
"There are kids barely out of their teens who are saying We've done this hook-up culture thing and it's not working, and we don't even know how to get out of it,” Swartzwelder says. “And I think we're in a moment and time culturally where the church is becoming timid a little bit because - and I understand this - we don't want to appear judgmental and condemning."
Swartzwelder says followers of Christ need to boldly proclaim the truth about godly relationships.
"God designed all these things,” he says. “He designed romance and beauty and intimacy and the joy that can be known between a man and a woman. But he also said there is a context for this that will lead to greater healing and wholeness, and there's a context that won't."
Old Fashioned is now out on DVD, and Swartzwelder hopes the movie will be used as a catalyst for further conversations on this topic.